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Braun's RBI groundout bests Cubs

Friday, April 10, 2009

By The Associated Press

MILWAUKEE -- Ryan Braun's grounder to shortstop scored Rickie Weeks on a close play at the plate, and the Milwaukee Brewers rallied for two runs in the ninth inning against new Chicago Cubs closer Kevin Gregg for a 4-3 victory in their home opener Friday.

It was the first blown save this season for Gregg (0-1), who came in to get the final out of the eighth inning but struggled in the ninth.

Gregg walked Chris Duffy with one out and Weeks hit a line drive that sailed over the head of left fielder Alfonso Soriano for an RBI double that tied it at 3.

Weeks then went to third on a wild pitch by Gregg, and Corey Hart walked to bring up Braun. He hit a hard grounder to shortstop Ryan Theriot, who threw home but not in time to get Weeks.

Carlos Villanueva (1-0) worked a hitless inning for the win.

Rockies 10, Phillies 3

DENVER (AP) -- Cole Hamels was roughed up and chased early by the Rockies in his debut after some spring training elbow trouble pushed back his start.

Jason Marquis pitched seven strong innings in his Rockies debut, before a crowd of 49,427 -- the highest paid attendance in a regular-season game at Coors Field, which opened in 1995.

Marquis (1-0), acquired from the Chicago Cubs in the offseason, improved to 4-0 at Coors Field by allowing two runs and five hits. He also went 2-for-3 at the plate with a sacrifice bunt, a run-scoring single and a double.

Hamels (0-1) allowed seven runs and 11 hits in 3 2-3 innings, including a five-run third in which he gave up half a dozen extra-base hits.

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